EMBROIDERY IN NEW LIGHT
DESIGNER DARES TO EXPERIMENT
DESIGNER Liz Payne is turning embroidery on its head with her bold and contemporary creations.
Payne, owner of Flirting with Yellow, makes what she describes as “one of a kind hand embroidered artwork, combining hand painted textiles and lots of embroidery and beading”.
“I explore art and craft by merging painting with embroidery and beading. I am drawn to using thread as a medium because not only does it add interest to an artwork (instead of pen, pencil or the paintbrush) but provides texture and dimension,’’ she says.
Selling her collection through online store Etsy (Etsy.com), Payne also won the Etsy Design Award recently with her embroidery artwork called Not Afraid.
“This piece is ‘Not Afraid’ to be bold, to be colourful, to be different and one of a kind,” she says.
She plays with loads of colours in her collections.
“I never really understood how anyone could choose just one favourite colour,” she says.
Payne says through her artwork she wants to bring the lost art of embroidery back into our homes.
“Embroidery can definitely have a stigma to it (that it’s grandmotherly or old fashioned),’’ she says.
“It’s my hope when people see my work that this old connotation is blown out of the water.
“I am taking an old method and choice of medium but applying it in a more contemporary approach.
“Historically embroidery also has a connotation to it that it must be perfect but my work celebrates the fact that it doesn’t have to be.”
Flirting with Yellow's Liz Payne shows off her handmade collection of mainly original, one of a kind hand-embroidered artwork, which she sells through online store Etsy (Etsy.com).